Players: Thomas Hindle
, Will Hindle, Luke McIssac
, Drew Docherty, Jake Boyle
, Kieron Francis
, Bailey Burrows
, Harry Cuthbertson
, Kieron Coulson, Matty Robson
, Sam Robson
, Callum Locket and James Utting.
The Ryton boys headed to Gateshead knowing there last match of the season apart from the Scottish tour was going to be a tough one. Gateshead have built up a good reputation. Last time we had met them was during the sevens tournament at Bishop Auckland last year where we beat the 25 vs 20, a very close and hard fought match.
Today the boys were really up for the clash. They have worked very hard during practice to improve their evolving game. The boys are very much becoming a team.
Match 1 - Ryton 35 vs Gateshead 10
Tries: Will 1, Sam 1, James 1, Tom 1, Jake 3.
Match 2 - Ryton 30 vs Gateshead 15.
Tries: Tom 1, Sam 1, Matty 1, Jake 1 and James 2.
The boys had to play on an incredible dry pitch which made the risk of big tackles a sore prospect, but this didn't stop our boys. The defensive play was very good, Gateshead only managed to score when our players were drawn into the centre of play, finding space around the edges. Excellent passing play, great communication and intelligently planned out tactics provided many any opportunity for our boys to break through team Gateshead. Supportive play picking up any lose ball and feeding it back made such a big difference, power to the lads as we have been working hard at this. Some tough tackling stopped many a prospective try by Gateshead from being scored. Great runs from our backs and powerful break throughs from our forwards were a pleasure to watch. Honestly, the team have come on so much in the last four months. Our new players are learning the game quickly and getting stuck in. Overall an excellent performance boys. A special mention must go to Will whom has come ever closer to scoring his first try of late and today was that day, congratulations Will, truly deserved.
Player of the week - Bailey Burrows
, consistent play, Bailey is very much a team player, supportive of his peers, excellent discipline, plays in the wing position with unstinting commitment. Made a wonderful tackle today against a very big Gateshead player.
Areas to improve: Watch the discipline, if we get wound-up this will impact on how we play in a negactive manner. We play best when focused, calm but driven. Avoid being sucked in to the centre, hold the line and fill spaces.
I'll be writing a review of the tour but this match ends the season of games in Durham, Tyne and Wear. I think we need to give credit to the boys where credit is due. Apart from the two tournaments since the beginning of the year the boys have only lost two games. Since we joined Pitchero I have written reports for each match and recorded the result. Just to summarise and outline why Reg and I are so chuffed with the boys I have listed the matches below:
Ryton 25 vs Blaydon 5 - win
Ryton 35 vs Hartlepool Rovers 5 - win
Ryton 35 vs Stockton 5 - win
Ryton 35 vs West Tynedale 5 - win
Ryton 10 vs Seaton and Yarm 15 - lost
Ryton 45 vs West Hartlepool 0 - win
Ryton 0 vs Wetherby 30 - lost
County Cup Sevens
Ryton 45 vs West Tynedale 0 - win
Ryton 35 vs Gateshead 10 - win
Not bad from a young team from a small town on the edge of the Tyne Valley, wouldn't you say.
Next, our Scottish tour which all the boys and their parents are very much looking forward to. See you on Thursday for practice. Thank you to all parents for their support.